Survey Finds: Close to 20% of Rural Children Had No Textbooks In Pandemic

An Annual State of Education Report (ASER) survey finds more than 20% of rural school children without textbooks during the ongoing period of the pandemic. Statistically, we see less than 35% of children had textbooks in Andhra Pradesh and only 60% in Rajasthan. While states like West Bengal, Nagaland and Assam had more than 98% textbooks.

The survey, conducted by the NGO Pratham for the last 15 years, is done to study and provide reliable estimates of children’s enrolment and basic learning levels for each district and state in India. In September of 2020, the survey was conducted via phone calls, reaching 52,227 rural households with school-age children in 30 States and Union Territories.

The survey revealed that 5.3% of rural children aged between 6-10 years had not enrolled in school this year, with families seemingly waiting for the opening of physical schools. A drop in the enrolment rates in private schools was also seen, with a slight move towards government schools. About one in three rural children had done no learning activity at all in the week the survey was conducted.

Despite 62% of rural households with school-going children having smartphones, two-thirds of rural children with access to a smartphone did not receive any learning materials or activities. We see that with less than 8% getting any materials from their schools in Bihar and 20% in West Bengal, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. However, we see 80% of rural children in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Kerala and Gujarat receiving such materials.

“When schools re-open, it will be important to continue to monitor who goes back to school, and very important to understand whether there is learning loss as compared to previous years,” said ASER.


Symposium on ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.’ 2nd November 2020 ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS:


This event is a collaborative event by The Unfiltered Journal and Lexpert Assist.

Lexpert Assist is an Online Interactive Platform aimed at enhancing Legal Education and Creating Awareness among Legal Fraternity in a productive manner by way of various activities. Our Vision is to unite students across the country from various fields to provide them with different opportunities and platforms to express their skills and abilities through articles, blogs, opinions, news updates, and many more to help them become better lawyers.

The Unfiltered Journal is a website with a mission to put together the two powerful fields of Journalism and Law in making the readers aware of their basic rights and give people a platform to voice their opinions, problems, and issues without the fear of them being drowned out.


The teams of The Unfiltered Journal and Lexpert Assist will be organizing a symposium on 2nd November 2020 addressing the crimes committed against the journalists.

Around 1,200 journalists have been reported killed in the period of 14 years, i.e. from 2006-2019. On average, 1 death every 4 days is reported. However, in 9/10 cases, the murderers go unpunished. Impunity leads to more killings and is often an indication of conflicts and breakdown of law and judicial systems.

Thus, in recognition of the consequences of impunity, especially with regards to the crimes against journalists, the United Nations General Assembly in 2013, announced 2 November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’ (IDEI).


  1. Mr Ajit Singh – Deputy Superintendent of Police [Retd.] CID [IB]
  2. Dr. S. Krishnan Mani – Dr. S. Krishnan is an Associate Professor in Seedling School of Law and Governance, Jaipur National University, Jaipur, Rajasthan. He had also worked as a Journalist for about 7 years in esteemed newspapers like Indian Express and Daily News Analysis, online news portals and a magazine in Gujarat.
  3. Adv. Smeeksha Pandey– Advocate at Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and Delhi High Court and Council Member at WICCI Luxembourg.
  4. Adv. Akriti Shikha – Advocate at Bombay High Court and Former Associate at Luthra and Luthra Associates.
  5. Carol Andrade – Veteran Journalist, Academician, Advisory board member, The Unfiltered Journal



  1. Mr. Shubham Bhargava– He is currently pursuing Masters in PR and Mass Communications from The Delhi School of Communications. He has won more than 200 debates and conferences all around the country including the National Students Union of India Debate 2019. He also got the opportunity to host the Times of India Litfest 2019.



  • No registration fees.
  • Platform – Google Meet


DATE & TIME – 2nd November 2020 at 6 PM IST

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